Being on the job hunt can be ulcer inducing, and I don't care what the economic climate looks like. I really got my hopes up about a job last week and have yet to hear anything from them. The more I sit and wait, the more a see the opportunity drying up.
And I believe the Lord has given me a word about that.
This is kind of like Elijah in 1 Kings 17. He goes up to his mortal enemy, prophesies a serious drought, and then the Lord leads him to a brook with water. He sustains Elijah with water and food from ravens (and we can read about ravens again in Luke 12) but then the brook dries up.
And I would think that the brook doesn't all of a sudden dry up. It just suffered the normal effects of a drought. Can you imagine being Elijah, sitting there, watching the Lord's provision dry up? And knowing that there is indeed a drought because he was the one who prophesied it in the first place?!
A confidence crusher, to be sure.
But as with all things the brook dried up for a reason. There was a widow and her son who needed sustaining, just as Elijah needed sustaining. (Aha! Even in the Old Testament we see that true religion is caring for widows and orphans! James 1:27)
So Elijah goes, the widows tells him she's preparing their last meal, but through the Lord's miraculous provision the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry until the day the LORD gave rain on the land. (v. 14)
And what do you know but the Lord remained true to his word? He does that, you know.
Sometimes, I guess things dry up for a reason. If that brook had remained full of water, why would Elijah had needed to go anywhere else? He could have just waited out the drought with all the provision he needed.
Let's face it, we all need provision for something. And it may not be finances or employment, that's just where I'm coming from. You may have family that needs deliverance, health issues, etc. Or all of those. Heck, I've got all of those!
Dusty preached a sermon a few weeks ago and he said something that I absolutely love, "Jesus didn't come to earth just to make me feel better about where I'm going when I die."
The power of the Holy Spirit is for us now. He delights in providing for us now. He is good to us now. Not just for our future in Heaven. Here. And we need to remind our hearts on a daily basis, especially in a season of need, to be confident that we will see his goodness in the land of the living.
So what about you? Does this resonate in your heart somewhere? Comments, please!